Local Boy Triumphs In Jock Opera

unnamedFor its current production of Siegfried, Houston Grand Opera was fortunate enough to secure the services of one of these rare talents—native Texan Jay Hunter Morris. Morris grew up in Paris, Texas, singing in the choir of the local Baptist Church and with local rock bands. He never heard an opera in his life until he moved to Dallas and caught a production of La Traviata. It was an epiphany. He said to himself, “I want to see if I can sing like that.” Continue reading Local Boy Triumphs In Jock Opera

Barack, Boris and Brexit

unnamedLondon mayor Boris Johnson’s criticisms of Mr. Obama’s column advocating against Brexit were intemperate. They were also rather ironic given the views he himself expressed a couple of years ago in a masterly biography of Winston Churchill. Continue reading Barack, Boris and Brexit

“He is not here…”

If Jesus did not rise from the dead, as the Scriptures tell us, then what became of his body?

Risen, a new movie released in time for Easter, views this question through the eyes of an unbeliever, a worldly and career-driven Roman military tribune named Clavius, superbly played by Joseph Fiennes. Continue reading “He is not here…”

Is Donald Our Duce?

Trum_MussoThe moment I have in mind is October 24, 1922 in Naples, Italy. Addressing a mass rally of his Fascist followers, Benito Mussolini declared, “Either the government will be given to us, or we will seize it by marching on Rome.” It was enough. The prospect of blackshirted mobs rampaging through his capital frightened the King of Italy into appointing Mussolini prime minister. From there, it was a short step to his becoming Il Duce (The Leader)—a dictator with absolute power.

Although some have compared Donald Trump to Hitler, he more nearly resembles Mussolini.

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“Just like my flock of sheep…”

Trump in NHWhen Donald Trump told the nation “I love the poorly educated,” I thought back to an important but neglected 1957 movie called A Face in the Crowd.

The movie stars a young Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, a demagogue in blue jeans who mesmerizes millions of gullible followers and molds them into a political force.

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